By: Logan Hanson
Benedictine’s women’s soccer team (5-5, 2-1) lost to NACC member Aurora (6-2, 3-0) 3-1 Wednesday, September 30 in Lisle. The game marked Benedictine’s first conference loss of the season and also snapped the club’s three match winning streak.
“We are certainly closing the gap on Aurora, who have had a stronghold of the conference for the past decade. They have a special player, which at the end of the day, was the difference,” said Head Coach Michael Boland. “Although we played decently well in stretches, we can’t be content with moral victories. We want results. This group is eager.”
The match was scoreless through the first half. Aurora scored their first goal seven minutes into the second half. Aurora advanced in the lead by 3-0, then freshman Zoie Holloway scored a goal from 20 yards off of a nice pass from junior Daniela Nieto.
“Aurora was a hard fought battle and I don’t think the score showed how well we played against them. Unfortunately, we did not leave the field with the result we wanted,” said sophomore Danielle Melotte. “But I’m confident that we will see that team again and get the result we want.”
Nieto made four shots while Melotte added three shots. Goalkeeper sophomore Maddie Frye saved two shots over her 90 minutes in the net. The Eagles will attempt to improve their conference record when they travel to face another conference opponent Concordia University (Wisconsin) on October 7 at 4:00 p.m.